Freo rates on the rise
CITY of Fremantle councillors have passed the City’s 2018-2019 budget with a 2.9 per cent rate increase.
The City has earmarked a 0.9 per cent increase for general rates and an additional 2 per cent increase to fund the implementation of the Food Organics Green Organics (FOGO) bin system.
This is the second lowest rates increase since 2000.
The City is expecting a budget surplus of $75,000.
A reserve will also be set up to fund community care programs.
Other features of the budget include $743,000 for more CCTV, a $506,000 refurbishment of Cantonment Hill Naval Stall, $115,000 on new play equipment and $2.5 million for road improvement and maintenance program.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the budget maintained service delivery while keeping rate rises to a minimum.
“The FOGO roll-out will put us on track to meet our One Planet target of a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020 while also protecting us from long-term increases in landfill costs,” he said.
“The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be a brilliant new facility that all Fremantle residents can enjoy.”